Europa League final injury news: Sevilla’s fastest defender ruled out, Sturridge must start for Liverpool

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Daniel Sturridge is a man who divides opinions.

He’s frustrating, but we all agree that, when he’s good, he’s bloody good!

Even when he’s not that good, you always feel he’s got a goal in him – like on Thursday night.

Sturridge was from from at his best, but he was involved in all three of Liverpool’s goals in their thumping 3-0 win over Villarreal – scoring the second himself.

As well as deadly finishing, pace is one of the 26-year-old’s key attributes.

And that pace must be used 11 days from now when the Reds take on Sevilla in the Europa League final.

That’s because Sevilla will be without their fastest defender. Left-back Benoit Tremoulinas – a five-time France international – was today ruled out of the game with a torn meniscus. He suffered the injury in the second leg of Sevilla’s 5-3 semi-final win against Shakhtar.

The latest Europa League final injury news was delivered by the tournament’s official Twitter account.

Without Tremoulinas, Sevilla – who have conceded an average of 1.19 goals per game in La Liga this season – will severely lack speed in their backline.

Yes, they will sit deep, but even so, the Europa League specialists – who are aiming to win this competition for a third consecutive season – will surely struggle to cope for 90 minutes if the likes of Sturridge, Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are continually threatening to burst past them at every opportunity.

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